Dent Island Lighthouse

The Dent Island Lighthouse overlooks over the Whitsunday Islands.

History

Original kerosene burners upgraded to pressurised kerosene and mantle operation in 1926-1927 with a power increase to 50,000 candelas.

Because the tower was so short the clockwork mechanism had to be wound up every seventy-five minutes.

Solar conversion took place in 1981.

 

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North Head

North Head

North Head
Unnamed Road, Bowen QLD 4805, Australia

North Head

Direction

Dent Island

Dent Island

Dent Island
23 Front St, Whitsundays QLD 4803, Australia

Dent Island

Direction

Flat Top Island

Flat Top Island

Flat Top Island
Unnamed Road, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, Australia

Flat Top Island

Direction

Mackay Harbour

Mackay Harbour

Mackay Harbour
44 Mulherin Dr, Mackay Harbour QLD 4740, Australia

Mackay Harbour

Direction

Keepers

We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1879
Architect
StatusActive
LocationLat: 20° 22.1570' S
Long: 148° 55.7340' E
Original Optic
Current OpticSabik MLED350 3 tier
Automated
Demanned1987
ConstructionRound iron clad timber framed tower and red cupola
Height10 m
Elevation37 m
RangeNominal: 11 nm Geographical: 17 nm
CharacterFl. W. 5 secs
Intensity1785 cd
Light SourceLED
Power SourceSolar Convn.1983
OperatorAMSA
NotesAs at Jan 2011

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.

Access

The tower is not open to the public.

Tours

No tours are available.

Accommodation

No lighthouse accommodation is available

Hamilton Island Golf Club covers the southern part of the island

Links

Lighthouse to remind us of region’s rich history – Whitsunday Times 12 May 2014

Dent Island Lighstation Heritage Management Plan – 2013

Sources

  • Images – AMSA
  • Images – Annette Flotwell
  • Image – Kandice Weymouth